āWe vitally needed another central midfield player to give us the number of players you need in that position to get through a season,ā Hodgson told fulhamfc.com. āWeāre very lucky to have got someone of Dacourtās quality.
āPeople know him well from his time in England but since then heās had a very successful spell in Italy, first with Roma where he won the Championship and recently with Inter where heās won three successive Championships. Heās been injured and thatās why, to some extent, we were lucky enough to get him because during his injury Inter have taken in other players and heās not been able to break back into the team.
āHeās a very fit person and all he needs is games to come up to pace and Iām sure that heāll get those games. He knows that heās good enough to play in this league; he knows heās good enough to play for us.
āHe is 34 but some people can be quite old as players when they get into their late twenties. Brian McBride was 36 last year while he was playing for us and I never ever thought watching him play, āthis is a 36-year-old out thereā. He could just as easily have been 20 as far as Iām concerned. So I didnāt have any fears about Olivier Dacourtās age.ā